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Millwrights or E lectromechanicians install and maintain heavy machinery used in industry. They perform maintenance work on production machines, electrically driven machines and electronic control gear.

  The work is both mechanical and electrical. It involves dismantling, fault detection, repairing and in some cases, the manufacturing of parts, as well as the maintenance, reconstruction and installation of machinery.

With modern developments toward automation, this trade also requires knowledge of electronics as applied to the control of heavy electrically driven equipment. Millwrights should therefore have a thorough knowledge of the manufacturing of machine components.

Fault detection is one of the major responsibilities, as well as the installation of new machinery. In most cases the machine has to be dismantled before it is possible to determine where the fault lies. As it is often not possible to replace the defective component immediately, an electromechanician or millwright must be able to make temporary repairs, so that the machine can be used until the correct parts are available. This requires specialized knowledge of fitting. They must therefore have a thorough knowledge of the manufacturing of machined components .

Entry Requirements

It is assumed that learners embarking on learning towards this qualification are in possession of:

N2 Mathematics
Engineering Science
Industrial Electronics
Electrical Trade Theory


NCV Level 4
Completed with 7 subjects
(40% or higher is required)

GR 12 Mathematics
Physical Science
Technical Drawing
Electrical Technology

* 40% or higher is required
* Maths Literacy is not accepted

Institutional Training

During a one week induction training session learners will receive orientation in their new learning environment. They will also learn how to study and be made aware of all relevant safety aspects of the working environment.

In addition to the above the duration of institutional training is 46 weeks. During these 46 weeks we will focus on their skills, their understanding of the subject as well as knowledge required to be declared competent as an electrician.

A further one week will be used to equip learners with life skills to ensure their competitive advantage in the working environment.

Four weeks are allowed for trade finishing.

Workplace Experience

The learner is exposed to relevant equipment in the workplace during his 54 weeks plant training. The theory must also be consolidated with the practical. The daily tasks to be carried out by the learner (together with an artisan) will be determined by the first line supervisor; but the supervisor must also allow certain time for tasks to be completed by the learner as considered to be a PREREQUISITE for the writing of the trade test.

The mentor will sign off a task in his/her logbook when the learner has been tested and has mastered the task. All applicable modules must be completed and signed off before the trade test is done

Career Outlook

Millwrights usually work indoors in the production sections of factories and industries. Work settings may range from modern and well-ventilated to hot, noisy and dirty, depending on the employer and the task.

Some millwrights have to travel, especially those who work for construction companies, and therefore work in a variety of settings on site. Millwrights sometimes have to work long hours under difficult conditions and great tension to find and repair faults.


- Machinery manufacturers
- Transportation equipment manufacturers
- Construction industry
- Installers of electrical equipment
- Municipalities
- Mines
- Organisations such as Mittal, Eskom and Sasol

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